Find FI/CO Customization Discrepancies Fast with R/3's Standard CCSV Tool

  • by Nathan Genez, Consultant, Serio Consulting
  • January 15, 2003
Have you ever had a business process fail in one system but work fine in another? It's hard enough trying to figure out what configuration setting is responsible for a process failure, but it's even harder when the configuration is inconsistent between R/3 systems. The good news is that SAP ships a customizing tool that will facilitate this process in a quick and accurate manner. Not well known in the FI/CO community of users, it's called the Customizing Cross-System Viewer (CCSV).

Have you ever had a business process fail in one system but work fine in another? This might result because of different data or authorization roles between the two systems. If you can rule out these two possibilities, then the most logical explanation for the process discrepancy is a configuration inconsistency. By that, I mean that the configuration settings are not identical between the two systems.

How could this happen? The most common culprit is the Change and Transport System (CTS). Let’s face it, CTS doesn’t always work. In fact, it historically has had problems with certain configuration items such as number ranges, tax codes, and asset period control calendar assignments. It also tends to have problems transporting tables where entries have been deleted.

It’s hard enough trying to figure out what configuration setting is responsible for a process failure, but it’s even harder when the configuration is inconsistent between R/3 systems. You could manually pull up a session of each system and visually compare the settings, but this scenario is ripe for error. For starters, you might skip a table, or, if you’re like me, your eyes will glaze over after analyzing the 100th entry. Either way, you’re best off not performing the comparison manually.

The good news is that SAP ships a customizing tool that will facilitate this process in a quick and accurate manner. Not well known in the FI/CO community of users, it’s called the Customizing Cross-System Viewer (CCSV). (See the sidebar, "Tips for using the CCSV.") It works for different types of SAP systems, including R/3, APO, BW, and CRM. The CCSV tool requires virtually no preparatory work to get up and running. It is also easy to use, as you will see in the following step-by-step demonstration.

Nathan Genez

Nathan Genez is an SAP FI/CO- and SAP BW-certified consultant who has worked with SAP ERP since 1996, with an emphasis on the capital accounting modules: PS, IM, and FI-AA. A former platinum consultant with SAP America, Inc., he has worked with SAP BW since release 1.2B. He is currently a managing partner at Serio Consulting in Houston, Texas.

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